Summer Food Program for Children Serves 90,329 Meals in 56 Days

msters2Between June 2nd and August 15th, 90,329 meals were served to children at 30 locations in 4 counties. Over 1,600 children participated daily, receiving breakfasts, lunches and snacks, during 56 days.

The Summer Program is a freshly prepared food program that helps bridge the nutritional gap during school vacation when children lack access to school cafeterias. Each of those 56 days began at 5 am when a team of contracted kitchen workers and drivers started prepping and loading lunches and snacks into vans that would embark on routes extending into the early afternoon.

Approximately 50 tons of food, valued at $180,000 was used to prepare the meals. That’s 1,750 pounds per day!

A major achievement was our expansion into Brevard County, where 9,659 breakfasts and lunches were served at four sites. We are pleased to say that this, our seventh year as sponsors of the State subsidized program, has been our finest in terms of volume, children served, and efficiency.

The summer season is a time when parents find themselves challenged, unable to rely on school cafeterias that have provided their kids with at least one wholesome meal per day. In the absence of such support, summer camps, churches and community centers must step up to “the plate”. These are our natural partners. Their willing enthusiasm is critical as we work hand in glove to efficiently serve perishable food safely and on schedule.

Since Second Harvest launched the program in 2008, 394,730 meals have been served –approximately three-fourths of those during the last three years.

The Summer Food Service Program, also known as “Summer Break Spot”, is subsidized by Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As sponsors, we recruit community partners, promote the program and oversee its day to day operation. Meals are provided to children 18 years of age or under at eligible sites in low-income areas.

For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, follow this link http://www.summerfoodflorida.org/

For a list of this summer’s sites, follow this link: Second Harvest’s Summer Food Sites 2014

Santos Maldonado
Childhood Hunger Programs Manager

 

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